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"Taisho Ikebana" Vintage Kimono

"Taisho Ikebana" Vintage Kimono

Flower Arrangements

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  • Ships from NY
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan

This listing is for a vintage Japanese kimono from the Fuller Collection (see details of that below).

This kimono features patterning and dye work associated with early in the 19th Century - could have been made in the 1920s - 1940s.  (The Taisho Era was from 1912-1926.) Other aspects that suggest that time period are the type of silk jacquard, the sleeve and overall length compared to the narrow bodice measurement, and the red lining.  Still, there are no tags on vintage kimono, so it is impossible to state exactly when it was made.

The pattern choice suggests that the original owner was a fan or student of ikebana - Japanese flower arranging.  The motif includes several large vases decorated with traditional imagery including long, tassled cording.  Eacn has a different floral arrangement of in each.  We especially love the long cord imagery trailing straight down the back on the left side.

The single family crest - ivy - appears at the back of the neck, and the purple background silk with a tachibana (orange blossom) jacquard weave add another level of design and artistry.

We do offer hanging rods for displaying kimono - add one from the tab below if desired. If you'd like to wear this kimono with a traditional obi, browse our Obi For Sale page; or for a more casual look, add a Simple Sash at check out.

See video below for how to put on a kimono.

The Fuller Collection – originally over 2000 kimono – was the passion and pride of Richard Fuller of Chicago, IL and Wabasha,MN. Richard served as a US Marine in post-war Japan, and there began his love of and appreciation for vintage Japanese kimono – especially wedding kimono. Richard saw that the mastery and artisanship of traditional Japanese textile techniques was waning – threatening to die out altogether – which sparked his mission to promote this industry and preserve what he could. Click here to read one of his interviews.

Together with his wife Janith, Richard invested in thousands of kimono and obi, opening Wind Whisper West, a kimono gallery in Wabasha, MN in 2003. Most of the collection was sold there, but several hundred pieces remain. Richard passed in 2020, and Janith has consigned the remainder of the collection to Kyoto Kimono to offer through our website. We are honored and proud to be stewarding the Fuller Collection as each piece finds its new home and continues to bring wonder and beauty to admirers around the world.

Length: 62"
Width: 50"
Body/Hips: 40"
Made In (Estimated): 1940s
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Stencil
Colors: Purple, Orange, Cream
Motifs: Floral


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